per·​jure | \ ˈpər-jər How to pronounce perjure (audio) \
perjured; perjuring\ ˈpər-​jə-​riŋ How to pronounce perjuring (audio) , ˈpərj-​riŋ \

Definition of perjure

transitive verb

1 : to make a perjurer of (oneself)
2 dated : to cause to commit perjury

Examples of perjure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent weeks, as a series of other witnesses contradicted key details of Sondland’s original testimony, some politicians and pundits have speculated whether Sondland had perjured himself. oregonlive, "Gordon Sondland now recalls communicating quid pro quo to Ukrainian official," 5 Nov. 2019 In a blistering decision, a King County judge on Tuesday found no merit to allegations that a Seattle police officer perjured himself in testimony about last year’s fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Judge calls perjury allegations against officer in Charleena Lyles lawsuit ‘baseless’," 26 June 2018 During depositions taken as part of a 2007 libel lawsuit against Trump biographer Tim O’Brien, Trump admitted to lying publicly more than 30 times in order to avoid lying under oath and perjuring himself. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The raging controversy over whether to call Trump’s lies “lies,” explained," 30 May 2018 May the disagreements that seem to perjure give way to good faith efforts to find solutions to the issues facing Your nation in a manner consistent with the great traditions of our Republican form of government. Ashley Killough, CNN, "House Chaplain gives opening prayer after rescinding his resignation," 7 May 2018 The defense claimed the prosecution had engaged in misconduct by allowing a former lead investigator in the case to perjure himself. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "Prosecutor Drops Charges a Day After Missouri Governor Resigned," 30 May 2018 That’s why, for example, employees cannot be fired for fulfilling jury duty, or for refusing to perjure themselves on the employer’s behalf. Benjamin Sachs, Vox, "The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal," 25 May 2018 His lawyers say recent evaluations of the records established that Horn was never in possession of that cellphone and that two witnesses for the state perjured themselves. Fox News, "Connecticut man's murder conviction vacated," 26 Apr. 2018 Three weeks ago, Jonas gained a delay of his sentencing by claiming that three key witnesses against him had been forced by prosecutors to perjure themselves. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Jonas sentenced to 35 years for public corruption in Crystal City," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of perjure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perjure

Anglo-French parjurer, perjurer, from Latin perjurare, from per- detrimentally, for the worse + jurare to swear — more at per-, jury

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19 Nov 2019

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“Perjure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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per·​jure | \ ˈpər-jər How to pronounce perjure (audio) \
perjured; perjuring

Legal Definition of perjure

: to make a perjurer of (oneself)

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